Little Whale

Ages: 3 - 8Publisher: Peachtree Publishers Author/Illustrator: Jo Weaver


Born in warm southern seas, Little Whale must swim with his/her mother Gray Whale to the rich feeding grounds in the cold north, thousands of miles away. Other members of their pod have already completed their journey and await them. Gray Whale tells Little Whale that they are going “home.” The long migration is peppered with new experiences and danger. Little Whale is constantly asking Gray Whale if they are home yet. Finally, Gray Whale tells her exhausted little one that they are “home.”

The color palette is a stunning choice; the spare text underscores the lonely, but clearly bonding voyage. With the softest of charcoal outlines and lovely shades of gray-blue, author/illustrator Jo Weaver depicts the difficult journey of a mother whale and her child on their migration, believed to be the longest in the animal kingdom.

Kemie Nix ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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